As a physical therapist, it's immensely gratifying to know that you have the ability to improve your clients' lives. But as the old adage goes, with great power comes great responsibility. To be the very best PT you can be, you'll need to stay on top of everything that's going on in your industry. One easy way to keep yourself ahead of the curve is by reading blogs written by physical therapy pros who are constantly in the know.
The only problem is that there are tons of blogs out there - who really has the time to sift through them all?
Answer: We do. We wanted to streamline this process for you, so we did some research -- including crowdsourcing suggestions from some established PT pros -- and pulled together a list of the best physical therapy blogs around. We chose them based on several criteria points, including having an engaged readership, inspirational and unique content, and an accurate representation of current research and techniques.
The "Best Physical Therapy Blogs" Categories
Once we had the list, we organized the blogs into the following categories:
- Best sports physical therapy blogs
- Best pediatric physical therapy blog
- Best travel physical therapy blog
- Best blogs for PT/PTA students
- Best blogs for continuing education
- Best blogs for industry news and trends
- Best blog for physical therapy business owners
It’s time to start reading, learning, and growing your PT practice!
The Best Sports Physical Therapy Blogs
- Author/Publisher: Mike Reinold, DPT, ATC, CSCS
- What It Covers: Reinold does a deep-dive into the evaluation and treatment of specific conditions, with a strong focus on current research and techniques. Topics covered include:
- Strength and conditioning
- Rehab techniques for foot/ankle, hand/wrist, hip, shoulder, elbow, and spine
- Evidence-based coaching and practice
- Functional rehabilitation
- Performance training
- Injury prevention and strength training for baseball
- Why You’ll Love It: A PT and certified strength coach, Reinold is also senior medical advisor for the Chicago White Sox and director of Baseball Performance at Northeastern University. If you have clients who play America’s favorite game, you’ll love his deep-dive into the dos and don’ts for players looking for optimal performance. His blog is made up of articles and podcasts, so you can read entries at your leisure or listen on the go. He also regularly shares links to other PT blogs that he finds relevant and helpful. Brian Kunich, PT, OCS, COMT, product manager for WebPT Marketplace, says he especially likes the interactive #AskMikeReinold series of listener-generated questions that are folded into the blog entries.
- Author/Publisher: Tom Goom
- What It Covers: Over the years, Goom’s blog has morphed from a few simple entries offering free advice for marathon trainers to a comprehensive, educational hub for athletes and therapists who treat runners in their practice. Areas of focus include:
- Injury prevention and treatment
- Training advice
- Strength and conditioning
- Nutrition and supplement advice
- Health updates on conditions, such as plantar fasciitis
- Why You’ll Love It: Goom gets into niche topics like nutrition ideas for vegans who run, running products, and the mind-body connection as it relates to pain and healing. He also offers solid, comprehensive advice on all aspects of preparing and recuperating from the sport. As a PT pro, you’ll especially love his series on running rehab, performance, and athlete monitoring. Kulraj Singh, founder and physiotherapist at Tavistock Clinic, believes it’s hard to come by a better blog about running for physical therapists. “The Running Physio blog has a plethora of information about health and well-being as a whole,” he says. “I appreciate that it's science-based and easy to read.”
The Best Pediatric Physical Therapy Blog
- Author/Publisher: Rebecca Talmud, PT, DPT
- What It Covers: Talmud writes extensively about pediatric diagnoses people see in their practices, plus motor milestone content that parents and caregivers can use. She also keeps an ear to the ground around innovations in pediatric PT equipment, as well as on toys that work in therapeutic and home settings. Topics covered include:
- PT tools designed for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
- Sensory integration
- Therapeutic yoga
- Pediatric diagnoses she’s treated, such as apraxia, torticollis, and toe walking
- Why You’ll Love It: This blog’s easy-to-read text, simple design, and clean illustrations make it a comfortable read for both professionals and physical therapy clients alike. Pediatric PTs use it as an illustrative tool for clients and as an up-to-the-minute how-to for themselves.
The Best Travel Physical Therapy Blog
4) Hobo Health
- Author/Publisher: James Spencer, DPT, OCS, CSCS
- What It Covers: Blogger Spencer and his wife, Kate, are both traveling PTs. This blog includes nuts-and-bolts information on all the aspects of working as a traveling PT, as well as their own personal stories and adventures. Topic areas include:
- How to get started — everything you need to know about finding work, licensure, contracts, and interviewing
- Professional conferences and educational opportunities to keep on your radar
- Lifestyle insights, including location choices, managing personal relationships from the road, and clinical settings to consider
- Why You’ll Love It: This “been there, still doing that” blog provides a rare combination of personal, anecdotal information, and well-researched, comprehensive insights about making it in the field of traveling PT.
The Best Physical Therapy Blogs for Industry News & Updates
- Author/Publisher: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Staff
- What It Covers: #PTTransforms is one of two industry blogs published by the APTA. It covers a vast array of interesting content, including:
- Industry news
- Advocacy and legislation
- Scientific research
- Patient stories
- Why You’ll Love It: The APTA’s mission statement to “build a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society” is obvious throughout the content published on this blog. #PTTransforms provides reliable, trustworthy information written from an authoritative yet human perspective. In addition to the comprehensive plethora of information provided, it has a warm tone and an interactive, robust commenting section.
- Author/Publisher: Rachel Jermann, PT, DPT, founder and president of Talus Media, and a team of correspondents
- What It Covers: Consisting of written content podcasts, Talus Media’s PT News Project covers all aspects of physical therapy news, including:
- Healthcare reform
- Legal/regulatory updates
- Education news
- Industry best practices
- In-depth interviews with physical therapists
- Why You’ll Love It: If it’s newsworthy, you’ll find it here. The PT News Project provides balanced, up-to-the-minute updates on breaking legislation, industry info, and highly relevant and timely topics like DARI motion analysis and disability rights.
The Best Physical Therapy Blogs for PT & PTA Students
- Author/Publisher: Jennifer Bresnick, PT, DPT
- What It Covers: This blog is designed to address the needs of current and future PT and PTA students. It also includes a premium service for $9.99 a month, which provides additional learning tools like practice test questions. Topics covered on the free version include:
- How to pick a school
- The enrollment process
- Time management
- Test-taking skills
- Study strategies
- What to expect in the classroom and lab
- Why You’ll Love It: The free version of the PT Student blog has a massive amount of well-organized content that’s written in an easy-to-understand format. The free version also includes a student-to-student forum, so you can interact with your peers and ask them questions.
8) The Pulse
- Author/Publisher: APTA Staff
- What It Covers: The Pulse is geared toward the needs of PT and PTA students, as well as current PTs who are continuing their education. It uses video and printed content to address a wide range of topics, including:
- Deciding on a specialty
- Dealing with anxiety and finding emotional balance
- Becoming a resident
- Industry happenings
- Why You’ll Love It: Through videos and written content, the Pulse puts students front and center by featuring them discussing relevant issues of note for all students. Their articles present information in a warm, empathetic tone, and their videos are highly informative and personal. This blog combines the practical concerns of students with their emotional needs in a fluid way, making it supportive and informative.
The Best Physical Therapy Blog for Continuing Education
- Author/Publisher: Evidence in Motion Staff
- What It Covers: EIM is a provider of post-professional educational programs for PTs. Their blog consists primarily of articles and podcasts, and strives to bridge the gap between academics and professional life by focusing on topics like:
- Industry insights
- Evidence-based practice
- Career development
- Why You’ll Love It: The EIM blog features op-ed-style articles on compelling topics of interest to practicing PTs. It’s a valuable resource for pros in the field who are looking for conference recaps, career building tips, and business-specific views.
The Best Blog for Physical Therapy Business Owners
10) WebPT Blog
- Author/Publisher: WebPT Staff
- What It Covers: The WebPT blog is a terrific resource for PTs who have their own businesses, as well as for those who are thinking about taking the plunge. It gets into the nitty-gritty aspects of business ownership and includes topics like:
- What to consider before buying an established practice
- Dealing with insurance companies and falling reimbursements
- Medicare, billing, and HIPAA regulation
- Working with doctors
- Metrics and analytics reporting
- Using technology in the studio
- Why You’ll Love It: The WebPT blog breaks down important issues into small, digestible bites. Kunich recommends his company’s State of Rehab Therapy Report because it provides valuable stats on issues directly impacting PTs, such as student debt, patient dropout rates, and profit expectations.
No matter where you are in your career, there’s always more to learn. As a PT, you’re in a great position to benefit from the knowledge and insights your peers possess by reading their well-informed blogs. The more you learn and absorb, the better off your current and future patients will be.